Queen Elizabeth National Park
last two newletters we haven taken you on safari along the most
beautiful attractions of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Join us
now for the last part of this journey of discovery!
Kyambura Gorge ***
A real Tarzan territory can be found in the northeast of the national
park. This is where the savannah grassland suddenly end into an
impressive gorge of 100 meters deep and 16 kilometres long. The
steep slopes are formed by the waters of the Kyambura River and
make a beautiful contrast with the valley that is covered by lush
riverine forest. A walking safari takes you along the river, deep
down into the heart of the gorge. Follow the sounds of the chattering
chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys and other primates. Or try to catch
a glimpse of the colourful forest birds, while you find your way
through the thick bushes, with a blanket of dense canopy raising
high above you.
Crater Lakes ***
One of the most scenic parts is the impressive crater area in the
northwest region of the park. Formed by volcanic activity thousands
of years ago, you can now explore a series of dramatic craters and
dry calderas in the hilly landscape, offering stunning views of
the park and its surroundings. The birdlife is spectactular, with
large flocks of flamingo, but also buffaloes and other wild animals
come to drink here.
Following the road to the southwest of Queen
Elizabeth National Park, you will enter the remote plains of Ishasha,
often bypassed by many tourists. The landscape slowly changes as
you pass large herds of Uganda kobs, topis and buffaloes, grazing
peacefully in the savannah highlands. In the far end, the winding
Ishasha River forms the natural border between Uganda and DRC Congo.
Here you will find hippos at the shores, lazy drifting with the
stream. The birdlife enriches the trees along the river, while curious
colobus monkeys and baboons often come to take a look at the visitors.
The highlight of this area, however, is the tree-climbing lion,
who likes to take a nap in the upper branches of huge fig trees.
So keep your eyes open when your guide takes you for a search along
one of the circuits in the southern sector!
Rains in Uganda
In a green, fertile country like Uganda, where rains come
and go as regularly as the transport of matooke, the "dry season"
is supposed to be from June till mid September. This year, however,
only a particular parts of the country have experienced some drought.
severe and continuous rainfall in the entire continent of Africa,
the northern and eastern part of Uganda are heavily affected by
floods. Bridges are swept away, roads are destroyed and schools
are damaged. Stricken districts include among others the Teso region,
Gulu, Kitgum, Amuru, Mbale and even the Karamoja has been cut off
from the rest of the country. Villagers are desparately trying to
survive, moving around in dugout canoes, while thousands have seen
their home being washed away and half a million farmers lost their
only source of income, as the rain has flooded their land. Unfortunatey,
weather forecasts predict even more rain in the next few months,
which will make the water level rise...
Kampala and surroundings have been experiencing more rain than usual
as well, strangely the rest of the country has not been affected
at all. Travellers can visit national parks and other places of
interest without being disturbed by the floods that have caused
so much damage already. So no need to worry for those who planned
a safari through this lovely country. Although your support to the
ones in need will be highly appreciated!
3 . Ready for CHOGM
With less than two months remaining for the final preparations,
Uganda is starting to get ready as it ever will be for CHOGM. It
is a conception that is on everyone's lips nowadays and the air
seems to vibrate under the expectations of the upcoming event. CHOGM
is undeniable present in the streets around Kampala, at the airport
in Entebbe, in Ugandan business communities, in the media and especially
in tourism. Hotel rooms are anxiously waiting to receive guests,
while airstrips in national parks are being improved and the security
is tightened. If the rest of the world is ready for CHOGM than Uganda
In our last edition we characterized 2007 already as a
tumultuous year. There has been a great run on gorilla permits,
especially in the months of July and August, and inevitably many
people got disappointed by the fully booked tracking dates.
need to worry! Great Lakes Safaris has already blocked some permits
for next year's season. Thus if you want to track the mountain gorillas
on any of the following dates, you are guaranteed of a permit!
9th July 2008
6 permits available
19th July 2008 6
August 2008 8 permits available
20th August 2008 8
Permits can be booked in combination with a tour to other national
parks, completely adjusted to your wishes. However, we advise you
to book early to avoid disappointment in the future!
5. Meet our guide... Gerald
From the first moment that he joined Great Lakes Safaris, Gerald
Otwala has been a competent and dedicated member of our staff.
was born in the eastern part of the country in Soroti district,
where I lead a simple existence, surrounded with friends who were
hunters or cattle keepers. Before joining Great Lakes Safaris, I
spent 7 years working as an interpretive guide in Queen Elizabeth
National Park and also worked as a community development member
Being a guide with Great Lakes Safaris for 3 years now, I have seen
the company growing in service delivery, increasing in employees
and being busy throughout the year. Above all, the most exciting
part is the spirit of team work; all staff members are friendly
We have a lot to offer for you when visiting this green country
and I may even be the one to guide you. Come and we enjoy fresh
fruits, the clean environment and Ugandan smiles. Wishing you well
as you programme for a great safari by Great Lakes Safaris!”
Remember who won the contest for
the Chimp Safari earlier this year? It was Laura Sesar Garcia from
Spain. Together with her boyfriend she came to Uganda to receive
her prize and meet the primates of Uganda in an unforgettable way!
"I would like to thank you for the opportunity you have
given us to share with you and with the chimps this safari, and
to discover this magical country. We visited Ngamba Island Chimpanzee
Sanctuary, where we could see how chimps live here. We also went
to Jinja to have the most popular tourist activity in the country.
The rafting at the Source of the Nile was one of the most exciting
experiences in my life... it is extreme!! We also visited the Kibale
National Park and enjoyed the nature and wildlife!
It has been one of the most exciting holidays ever and we have great
memories of the country. The local people are amazing and a great
feeling of happiness surrounds Uganda!"
In the 10th and last edition of 2007, we will look back and review
the highlights of the past year. Moreover, we will give you the
opportunity to test your knowledge about this lovely country and
win an amazing Ugandan Surprise Box. Find out what our next newsletter
has in store for you!